Bringing Videoconferencing to the ClassroomVideoconferencing is no longer exclusive to the workplace; today, video conferencing is having a huge impact on education, opening new teaching and learning opportunities for staff and students alike. Imagine gaining real world experiences and sharing first-hand information with experts, lecturers, and peers from around the world, without ever leaving the classroom. This is exactly what’s happening in education today as more and more institutions adopt online learning, and introduce video collaboration into their curricula.

Not too long ago, the high cost of videoconferencing systems made it difficult for some schools to take advantage of video in the classroom, but thanks to rapid technological advancements, that is no longer an issue.

Today’s in-class videoconferencing set-up is not the bulky, difficult-to-use AV equipment of the past. Mobile technology, Wi-Fi, and the increased use of smartphones, tablets and laptops allow for never before seen flexibility for faculty and students, and Internet-based videoconferencing services, such as Google Hangouts and Skype, have “mainstreamed” video, which more and more people use in their everyday life. For schools with the budgets to “go pro,” integrated AV systems can now be customized to suit individual needs, allowing the technology to scale alongside educational facilities classrooms to accommodate a price point that is reasonable for smaller institutions.

The technology aside, there are also myriad educational benefits to incorporating videoconferencing in the classroom today. Here are just a few:

Broader Range of Course Offerings

There are some smaller schools that simply cannot offer students a large variety of classes. Videoconferencing allows schools of any size to participate in distance learning, which expands course offerings cost-effectively. Students studying foreign languages, like Japanese for example, can have the opportunity to interact with teachers and students in Japan. Taken a step further, classes can participate globally in collaborative projects, and experience the different cultures and teaching styles offered abroad.

Relevant Guest Lecturers

Through video technology, students can have the opportunity to speak with the authors of textbooks or academic case studies they read in class. The firsthand experience of virtually meeting and learning from the researcher can help students have a deeper and more complex understanding of the material.

The technology also takes away the burden and cost associated with having guest lecturers “in person,” and opens the door to an entire world of possibilities. Time zones an issue? No problem. Have students compile questions ahead of time and ask an international expert to record an interview. The guest can do this when it’s convenient for them, and, by having the students conduct the background research and “craft” the interview, they are taking a more proactive approach to their education.

The Virtual Field Trip

Museum curators across the globe can give informative sessions about discoveries a student may have only seen in a book. Art historians can give lectures on the pieces and curators can explain the process involved in adding artwork to a museum’s collection. This adds a different, more personal layer to the classroom then simply listening to a lecture. While flying to the Louvre in Paris is not an option for most students, videoconferencing can take students there, in real time, to experience the richness and beauty our world has to offer.

With user-friendly technology for teachers, videoconferencing can open up a world of opportunities in education. Experts, authors, and speakers, who previously would have been unable to attend due to time and money constraints, are now more accessible to add a new layer of learning to the curriculum. It’s no surprise that, in today’s modern learning facility, teachers and administrators alike are recognizing—and embracing—the powerful potential of videoconferencing technology.

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